||32,000,000 in Myanmar (2000 D. Bradley). Population total all countries: 32,301,581.
||South, central, and adjacent areas. Also spoken in Bangladesh, Malaysia, Thailand, USA.
||Bama, Bamachaka, Myen, Myanmar
||Merguese (Mergui, Beik), Yaw, Danu (Taruw), Burmese, Palaw. There are diglossic high and low varieties. The preferred variety is spoken in Mandalay. Merguese (250,000 speakers), Danu (100,000 speakers), and Yaw (20,000) may be separate languages. They are distinct varieties (1997 D. Bradley). Speakers in Bangladesh speak Bomang, not Standard Burmese.
||Sino-Tibetan, Tibeto-Burman, Lolo-Burmese, Burmish, Southern
||National language. 10 million second-language speakers. Many Mon and some Shan are monolingual in Burmese. Native speakers of Burmese seldom speak a second indigenous language. If they have one, it is usually English.
||Burmese script. Bible: 1835.
||Burmese dominates the nation's publishing production. Myanma is the largest ethnic group; another is Baramagyi (Barua). Educated speech has many Pali borrowings. The Rawang people call them 'Myen'. SOV. Alluvial plains. Scrub forest. Sea level and higher. Peasant agriculturalists; fishermen; craftsmen; industrialists. Buddhist.